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Nov. 3, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s hockey senior goalie Mike Betz (Elizabeth, Pa.) has been named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Betz backstopped the Buckeyes to a two-game home sweep of Alaska Fairbanks last weekend.

Betz stopped 60-of-64 Nanooks shots in the two-game series. He had 19 saves the first night before posting a 41-save performance Saturday. The 41 saves marked the fourth game of his career he had 40-plus saves, but the first since Oct. 12, 2002. Betz also helped the Buckeyes stop all eight UAF power-play chances in the series.

This marks the second time this season Betz has earned league defensive player of the week honors, as he also was honored Oct. 19. In his career, Betz has been named a league player of the week six times.

Betz leads the CCHA in conference play with a goals-against average of 1.20 and a saves percentage of .958. Overall, he is second in the league with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .927 saves percentage. He is OSU’s all-time leader in goalie wins with 61.

The No. 13 Buckeyes (6-3-0, 5-1-0 CCHA) will travel to Marquette, Mich., to face the NMU Wildcats (3-3-0, 2-2-0 CCHA) at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Berry Events Center.